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Jazz Chord Structures May. 12th, 2012 @ 04:06 PM Reply

Okay. Here's a true topic you can post here.

What do you guys think of jazz chord structures?

If any of you experimented in it, please show some of that work here. :D

I would like to hear you thoughts on this.

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Response to Jazz Chord Structures May. 12th, 2012 @ 04:14 PM Reply

I can't claim to have experience in the jazz part of chord structures, but the way I think of it is this:

Basic structure: I - IV - V - I
Jazz structure: Majors become minors where fit, rubato is thrown in, passing notes are thrown in, and what happens is your last chord, instead of a C major, becomes a Cm7 with the odd E natural thrown in.

Probably the worst example I can think of, but hey, it works. I had to use this strategy to some extent for my first ever composition, which I made when I was 10, and which was a jazz piece.


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Response to Jazz Chord Structures May. 12th, 2012 @ 04:40 PM Reply

At 5/12/12 04:06 PM, ComposerKuandohan wrote: What do you guys think of jazz chord structures?

What on earth are you talking about - the structure of "jazzy" chords (7th chords and extensions)? Chords progressions commonly used in jazz? The answer to both would be I think they're swell.

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Response to Jazz Chord Structures May. 12th, 2012 @ 04:45 PM Reply

At 5/12/12 04:06 PM, ComposerKuandohan wrote: Okay. Here's a true topic you can post here.

What do you guys think of jazz chord structures?

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Response to Jazz Chord Structures May. 12th, 2012 @ 06:42 PM Reply

I love using Jazz harmony. One of my favorites is tritone subs on ii-V-I progressions to get a chromatic bass line at the cadence.

EX in C:
Instead of the usual Dmin7, G7, Cmaj7...
Dmin, Db7, Cmaj7

When I get to a dominant seven chord, I also like to add some extra notes for color. So if I'm in C and my V7chord is G7, I might voice a crazy chord like this (going up): G D F G# B E
So it's basically the equivalent of a G7 with an Emaj on top. Or something like that.

I also like doing jazzy stuff like constant modal interchange. I also like to add the #4 (lydian) on a lot of Maj7 chords.

I just started getting into jazz harmony recently and it is opening up a whole new world of ideas.

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Response to Jazz Chord Structures May. 12th, 2012 @ 07:45 PM Reply

lot's of II-7 - V7s

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Response to Jazz Chord Structures May. 12th, 2012 @ 08:13 PM Reply

At 5/12/12 07:23 PM, sorohanro wrote: Here is a better explanation than I could come up with:
http://www.jazclass.aust.com/lessons/jt/jt08.htm

You're my hero.

Such an awesome website just waiting to be devoured.

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Response to Jazz Chord Structures May. 12th, 2012 @ 09:20 PM Reply

At 5/12/12 08:13 PM, LogicalDefiance wrote: Such an awesome website just waiting to be devoured.

Well, here, have another one:
http://tamingthesaxophone.com/jazz-theory.html

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Response to Jazz Chord Structures May. 12th, 2012 @ 10:54 PM Reply

At 5/12/12 09:20 PM, sorohanro wrote:
At 5/12/12 08:13 PM, LogicalDefiance wrote: Such an awesome website just waiting to be devoured.
Well, here, have another one:
http://tamingthesaxophone.com/jazz-theory.html

Holy god. Between these and the 1880's music theory book I just found I'm gonna be nerding it out all month on theory.

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